Kevin Wayne Durant
A D.C. native...
Kevin Durant found basketball early in life. He was 6'0" by 13. Before the start of his senior year of high school, Kevin stood 6'7". Heralded as a top tier high school recruit, he stole the title outright when he won MVP at the 2006 McDonald's All-American Game. The skinny kid from D.C. made his home in the national spotlight.
Kevin committed to the University of Texas for college. Before his freshman year began, he grew two more inches, standing over 6'9". The lanky small forward earned the National Player of the Year award. He took the John R. Wooden trophy and nine other national awards back to Texas his freshman year. He was the first freshman to win any of them. He declared for the draft that year. The Seattle Supersonics scored the young star second in the draft. An NBA Rookie of the Year trophy joined the others. The Supersonics moved to Oklahoma City and became the Thunder. In OKC, Durant earned his first League MVP crown and played in his first NBA Finals series. He relocated to Golden State in 2016. As a Warrior, he has won two world championships and two Finals MVP awards.
- Kevin says his 6’9” listing is to ‘mess with people,’ admitting he is 6’10.75” barefoot.
- He is one of three teenagers to average 20 points per game for a season.
- Growing up, his favorite player was Vince Carter.
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